[texhax] installed MacTeX, unable to typeset anything
vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 15:58:30 CEST 2011
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 3:41 PM, Jacob Wegelin <jacobwegelin at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> Recently, I joined TUG and the members at tug.org list. Someone on that list
> recommended I post my current questions to texhax at tug.org instead. The Web,
> on the other hand (http://www.tug.org/mactex/2010/support/emailform/)
> suggests I post to mactex-support at tug.org. Are these lists equivalent?
> Do I need to sign up for texhax at tug.org and/or for mactex-support at tug.org?
> Or does one just post to them?
General TeX questions better to be asked at texhax but MacOSX specific
MacOSX-TeX at email.esm.psu.edu
Looks like your MacTeX (is it 2010?) was not installed properly. Try
to reinstall it.
Can you see in System Preferences "TeX Distribution"?
Do you have /usr/local/texlive ?
Do you have /usr/texbin -> texbin ->
Do you have /usr/texbin in your path?
> Please let me know if should post the following questions to a different
> I work on Mac OS 10.6.8. In addition to the graphical user interface, I
> constantly use the unix bash shell, via the so-called "Terminal"
> Incidentally, although I'm new to MacTex, I am not new to LaTeX, just rusty.
> I used LaTeX in the 1990s, which was installed on unix machines at the
> University of Washington (Seattle). I wrote a dissertation in it although I
> never learned how to modify any of the settings (font, margins, etc.).
> At that time, I edited my files in vi. Now I habitually use vim.
> Yesterday I downloaded
> MacTeX.mpkg.zip [ approximately 1.6G - 08 September 2010 ]
> and today I unzipped and installed it, as shown here:
> /Applications/TeX> ls -lat
> total 1016
> drwxr-xr-x 3 somtech staff 102 Jul 18 14:10 TeX Live Utility.app/
> drwxr-xr-x 3 somtech staff 102 Jul 18 14:10 TeXShop.app/
> drwxr-xr-x 3 somtech staff 102 Jul 18 14:10 TeXworks.app/
> drwxr-xr-x 3 somtech staff 102 Jul 18 14:10 BibDesk.app/
> drwxr-xr-x 3 somtech staff 102 Jul 18 14:10 LaTeXiT.app/
> drwxrwxr-x 13 root admin 442 Jul 18 14:10 ./
> drwxrwxr-x+ 90 root admin 3060 Jul 18 14:10 ../
> drwxr-xr-x 7 somtech staff 238 Sep 7 2010 Excalibur-4.0.7/
> drwxr-xr-x 14 somtech staff 476 Sep 7 2010 LuaTeX-and-XeTeX/
> -rw-r--r-- 1 somtech staff 42834 Jul 21 2010 Eps-and-PdfLaTeX.pdf
> -rw-r--r-- 1 somtech staff 62039 May 28 2010 What Is Installed.pdf
> -rw-r--r-- 1 somtech staff 71091 Apr 26 2010 TeX Live Manager.pdf
> -rw-r--r-- 1 somtech staff 334681 Apr 26 2010 READ ME FIRST.pdf
> (A) In spite of installing it, I do not find the software on the command
> line. The command
> which pdflatex
> returns nothing, as do the following variants:
> which pdfLaTeX
> which pdfLatex
> Similarly, the following turn up nothing:
> which pdfTeX
> which pdftex
> (B) What's up with TexShop? I copied "my first LaTeX document" from
> into TexShop and hit the "typeset" button, and got an "environment lslisting
> undefined" error.
> Per the READ ME FIRST file, I have checked and confirmed under Preferences,
> Engine tab, Path Settings that the first path setting is /usr/texbin .
> It said "type H <return> for immediate help" but when I did so, it said
> "your command was ignored."
> (C) I also tried using LaTexit. First, per the READ ME FIRST pdf, I checked
> that the paths were correct in the Composition module. (There was no need
> to change them). Then I copied "my first document" from the url listed below
> into the editor. Many of the latex tags were in blue, suggesting that
> LaTeXit recognized them as latex tags/code, but the last couple were not,
> suggesting something had gone wrong.
> I did File, Latex it, and got a slew of errors as follows:
> line 12 paragraph ended before \align was complete
> line 12 missing $ inserted
> Thanks for any pointers
> Jake Wegelin
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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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